A Routes to Reading Book Review

For those of you that read my blog or glance through my Instagram posts, you may have come across one of Our Little Family Christmas Traditions; a Reading Advent Calendar for Lil G. One because I would rather he didn’t eat chocolate before breakfast (I am mean like that) and two because he is a little bookworm! We get to open a book together each night to read together, over the 24 days before the big day arrives. It really is a lovely tradition. Lil G is quick to point out his new book each morning and pops it on his pillow all set for bedtime.

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Our Reading Advent has been made up of a mixture of new, old and Christmas themed books. We were kind enough to be gifted some books from the fabulous Routes to Reading team. Two of the books popped up in our first week of the calendar and here they are…

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Lil G loves hats and so the first book we opened; ‘Olive and the embarrassing hat’ by Tor Freeman was just perfect for him. A new author to our overflowing bookcase and I believe it is a part of a collection of stories too. How exciting. I love stumbling across new authors.

Such a sweet story about two friends. Beautifully written and captures a part of childhood we all know too well. Mr H who most often than not reads to Lil G felt that the moral of the story may have been too much for Lil G. Me on the other hand, I am not afraid of introducing him to a thought, processes or idea which may be beyond his years. Although I am certain that he has come across this situation at Kindergarten so actually, it could be a great little lesson. They pick up on so much don’t they!

This book is a great little story to read with lots of opportunity to invent funny little voices for each of the characters. Which is where we had most fun, deciding which voice would best suit these rather sweet characters…

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Moving on to the second book we were so kindly gifted; ‘When I grow up’ by Patrick George.

The transparent pages are different from other any book we have read before. Such a simple idea, cleverly executed. With few words this books lends to a child’s imagination, leading to so much conversation. The transparent sheets bring surprise after surprise, with the pages folding over to create a complete picture neatly transforming the child into what they want to be. A pilots sunglasses becoming the windows of the aeroplane…

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What I really loved about this book is that the children have such interesting aspirations, they use their imagination. Isn’t that what being a child is all about? They want to be; artists, scientists, superheroes, film stars, pilots, tennis players, pirates, zoo keepers, astronauts and clowns.

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Two beautiful books to add to our collection. Lil G has already highlighted that ‘When I grow up’ has become one of his favourites. Cute.

13 more books to go in our Reading Advent Calendar. If you want to see more of what books we are unwrapping each night then pop over to my Instagram page here.

You can also catch up with the Routes to Reading team who are very active over on their social media sites. You can get them on Twitter here and on Facebook here.

* Disclosure: We were gifted these books by the team at Routes to Reading in exchange for this review, all words are my own


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17 thoughts on “A Routes to Reading Book Review

  1. I love the idea of this scheme. Anything which encourages early reading and sharing of books is massively important in my eyes.
    Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested this week and I hope you have a lovely Christmas!

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  2. Hi from the Weekend Blog Hop! I want to do this so badly with my kids! I missed the boat on getting good deals on books at the latest consignment sale I went to last month, so I hope to start this tradition next year 🙂


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